CM Archive
CM Archive Book Review line

Robert Souci. Illustrated by László Gal.
Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 1987.
unpaged, paperbound boards, $14.95.
ISBN 0-88899-050-2. A Groundwood book. CIP.

Kindergarten-grade 4 / Ages 5-9

Reviewed by Adele M. Fasick.

Volume 15 Number 4
1987 July

The full-colour watercolour illustrations by Lászó Gal create a magical setting for this traditional tale. The story about three sons, two of whom are greedy and unappreciative while the youngest is sensitive and kind, echoes many other folktales from various cultures. The difference in this version is that the mother in the tale is a creative artist rather than just a long-suffering housewife.

When she devotes her time to weaving a beautiful silk tapestry, two of her sons can see this artifact only as a way of making money while the third appreciates its value as a record of the mother's life. When the tapestry disappears, the sons set out to recover it. In time-honoured fashion, the selfish brothers fail, and only the loving youngest son can retrieve the valued tapestry. He not only succeeds in his quest but wins the love of a beautiful fairy. In a satisfying conclusion, he marries the fairy, and the young couple and the elderly mother live happily ever after while the two older brothers become beggars.

The graceful and appropriate language make this a story that parents and librarians will enjoy reading as much as children will enjoy listening. Words and pictures complement each other and contribute to a book that will be treasured for years.

Adele M. Fasick, Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
line indexes


1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995


The materials in this archive are copyright © The Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission Copyright information for reviewers

Young Canada Works